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Japan increasingly nervous about North Korea nukes

April 8, 2013 10:29 am | by ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's easy to write off North Korea's threats to strike the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile as bluster: it has never demonstrated the capability to deploy a missile that could reach the Pacific island of Guam, let alone the mainland U.S.

Nuclear-Fukushima Update

April 8, 2013 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday up to 3 liters of radioactive water has leaked from a second underground storage tank at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Following the latest series of problems at the nuclear plant, the utility set up an emergency task force headed by its President Naomi Hirose.

Kyushu Electric Update

April 4, 2013 12:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kyushu Electric Power Co. said Thursday it will launch a geothermal power generation project in Indonesia with trading house Itochu Corp. This marks the first overseas geothermal power generation project by a Japanese electric power company.


Japan to set frequency limit for serious nuclear accidents

April 3, 2013 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday it plans to set a frequency limit for accidents resulting in large releases of radioactive substances of below one every million years per reactor. The NRA has been discussing nuclear safety goals, saying it is important to be aware of the risks that will remain once planned measures are implemented...

Sharp to raise 100 bil. yen via new share offering

April 2, 2013 11:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Struggling Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. plans to raise about 100 billion yen through a public stock offering to repay part of 200 billion yen in convertible debt due in September, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.

Reactor-scrapping research facility to be built in Fukushima

April 2, 2013 11:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese government said Tuesday it will build a research facility for decommissioning reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in the town of Naraha, some 25 kilometers south of the crippled nuclear power plant.

Apple issues apology in China over service policies, but state media attacks seen backfiring

April 1, 2013 2:30 pm | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has issued an apology to Chinese consumers after government media attacked its repair policies for two weeks in a campaign that reeked of economic nationalism. A statement posted in Chinese to Apple's website on Monday said the complaints had prompted "deep reflection" and persuaded the company of the need to revamp its repair policies, boost communication with Chinese consumers and strengthen oversight of authorized resellers.

U.S. takes swipe at China for hacking allegations

March 28, 2013 9:29 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. has taken its first real swipe at China following accusations that the Beijing government is behind a widespread and systemic hacking campaign targeting U.S. businesses.Buried in a spending bill signed by President Barack Obama on Tuesday...


Japanese regulators to investigate nuclear crisis

March 27, 2013 10:40 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese government regulators said Wednesday that for the first time they will conduct their own investigation into the country's nuclear crisis to address key unanswered questions. The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami cut power and destroyed vital cooling systems at the Fukushima Dai-chi nuclear plant, causing meltdowns at three of its reactors.

NKorean defector groups report computer attacks

March 26, 2013 12:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Websites and organizations run by North Korean defectors in South Korea say they have suffered cyberattacks, one week after computer systems at some South Korean banks and TV networks were widely disrupted.

Kansai Electric eyes MOX fuel use at Takahama plant

March 26, 2013 11:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansai Electric plans to use plutonium-uranium mixed oxide fuel, known as MOX, in so-called pluthermal power generation at its Takahama plant from around the fall of 2014, industry sources said Tuesday. The Osaka-based utility firm included the plan in its earlier application for government permission to raise household electricity rates, the sources said.

Renesas in talks to sell mobile chip operations overseas

March 21, 2013 9:52 am | News | Comments

The president of struggling Renesas Electronics Corp. said Thursday that the chipmaker is in talks with overseas companies on selling its loss-making mobile device chip operations as part of efforts to streamline its business.

Tokyo Metro to make cell phone services available on all lines

March 19, 2013 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Metro Co., the larger of the two subway operators in Tokyo, said it will make mobile phone services available in trains on all its nine lines at noon Thursday. While cell phone services in trains have been progressively introduced since March last year, the remaining segments on Ginza and Marunouchi lines will go mobile friendly on Thursday.


TEPCO mulls more spending to ensure safety of Niigata nuclear plant

March 15, 2013 12:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric is considering spending tens of billions of yen more to ensure the safety of its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant on Japan's northwest coast, which it is aiming to restart in fiscal 2013, sources familiar with the matter said Friday.

TEPCO's false explanation over accident probe not intentional

March 13, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A third-party panel concluded Wednesday that Tokyo Electric Power Co. did not intentionally provide erroneous information to a Diet-appointed committee tasked to investigate the 2011 accident at the utility's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

China says willing to discuss cyber security with the U.S.

March 12, 2013 8:55 am | by Terril Yue Jones, Reuters | News | Comments

China offered on Tuesday to talk with the United States about cyber security amid an escalating war of words between the two sides on computer hacking, but suspicion is as deep in Beijing as it is in Washington about the accusations and counter-accusations.

Taiwanese protest against nuclear power plant

March 11, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tens of thousands of Taiwanese have protested to demand that the government scrap a $10 billion nuclear power plant that is nearly complete and slated to begin operating in two years.

Cisco to set up tech training centers in Myanmar

March 7, 2013 12:11 pm | by ERIKA KINETZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems plans to establish two network training centers in Myanmar, as global technology companies begin to move into one of the least-connected places on Earth. The announcement Thursday came on the heels of a USAID-sponsored delegation of executives from Cisco, Google, HP, Intel and Microsoft to the fast-opening country.

Rivals Sharp, Samsung bury hatchet

March 7, 2013 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sharp has decided to accept investment from South Korean rival Samsung as the struggling Japanese electronics maker seeks to rebuild its business. When the capital and business tie-up was announced on Wednesday evening, Sharp officials did not hold a press conference or contract-signing ceremony, repeating the lack of fanfare...

Three in five Southeast Asia markets showed growth in tech goods

March 6, 2013 9:49 am | by GFK | News | Comments

Technical consumer goods in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand continue to expand in the fourth consecutive quarter of 2012, making them the three fastest growing markets in the region with their robust growth of 15, 15 and 12 percent respectively in the full year of 2012.

Japan's nuclear plants unlikely to restart operations this year

March 4, 2013 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

None of Japan's nuclear power plants that have been halted since the nuclear crisis triggered by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami are likely to restart operations within the year as safety checks under new standards are not expected to be completed, a Kyodo News survey of utilities showed Sunday.

New coal power plant construction launched in Hiroshima

March 1, 2013 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chugoku Electric Power Co. and Electric Power Development Co. held a ceremony Friday to launch the construction of a prototype plant for a new coal-fired power generation method in Hiroshima Prefecture. Through trials due to begin in March 2017 at the facility on Osakikami Island, the two companies will seek to generate more power in a more eco-friendly way.

Festive buying drove demand for technical consumer goods in Singapore

February 28, 2013 10:23 am | by GFK | News | Comments

December is usually boom time for manufacturers and retailers as consumers shop and buy more than the usual month, thanks to the year-end festivities. Latest GfK report for Technical Consumer Goods in Singapore revealed record breaking sales for a number of key categories...

Chubu Electric to start overseas solar power project in Thailand

February 26, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese utility Chubu Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it will start its first overseas solar power generation project in Thailand, as part of efforts to expand profit by entering emerging foreign markets. Chubu Electric said it has acquired a 49 percent stake in Gunkul Powergen Co., the operator of six solar power plants in Thailand...

India to launch mission to Mars this year, says president

February 22, 2013 12:11 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - India will launch its first mission to Mars this year, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Thursday, as the emerging Asian nation looks to play catch up in the global space race alongside the United States, Russia and its giant neighbor China.

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